Breakdancing is all set to make its debut in the Olympics during the 2024 Paris Games, confirmed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday. This move comes on the back of IOC's efforts to attract more and more younger audiences to the quadrennial event.
Other than breakdancing, the Paris Olympics will also witness skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing – all three of which will make their Olympic debut during the delayed Tokyo Games in July 2021.
Breakdancing will go by the name 'Breaking' at the Olympics. The idea to include it in the Olympic was pitched by the Paris organisers around two years back after it was successfully conducted at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
Russian Sergei "Bumblebee" Chernyshev won gold in the men's competition during the Youth Olympics, while Japan's Ramu "Ram" Kawai took the top spot in women's category.
Breaking further cleared various stages of approval in 2019 with separate decisions by IOC board and full membership, making it eligible for its debut at the Olympics. It is expected to be held in a downtown venue at Place de le Concorde alongside 3v3 Basketball and sport climbing during the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Breakdancing is quite popular amongst the youth of today's generation with an estimate of 1million people indulging in it, according to a 2019 report by the Olympic programme commission report.
Even the 2019 Redbull BC One World Final had close to 50million views across various social media platforms.
Apart from the addition of breaking, the 2024 Paris event will also see some events being discarded. The Paris Olympics is expected to have 329 medal events which is 10 less than the upcoming Tokyo Games. Weightlifting and Boxing seems to be the sports which are going to face the brunt of this, with the athlete quota for them set to be reduced.